Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 22 April 2018

Parliament on song for O'Brien at Tipperary

Parliament Square made the leap to Listed company with a game success under Joseph O'Brien at Tipperary.

While his task was eased by the absence of Dylanbaru and Tale Of Flame, the Aidan O'Brien-trained runner had to dig pretty deep to gain the day in the Danehill Dancer Tipperary Stakes.

Parliament Square was sent off the 2/1 favourite for the five-furlong heat. The son of Acclamation was pushed along by O'Brien two furlongs out as he tried to catch Zoola and Boston Rocker. With 100 yards left to run, he pushed his head in front and eventually had half a length to spare over Boston Rocker at the line.

The winning rider said: "He can be quite lazy. The cheekpieces helped as he idled in front. He's improving all the time."

The Ferryman gave a boost to the form of stablemate Mars as he landed the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Mars is the early favourite for next year's Derby after an impressive debut at Dundalk and fellow O'Brien inmate The Ferryman was sent off an 11/8 chance to go one better than his recent second.

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Two furlongs out it looked a matter of how far The Ferryman would win by as he kicked clear and quickly put daylight between himself and the rest of the field.

However, The Ferryman showed he still has a lot to learn as he ran right across the track to allow the Ballydoyle second string Line Drummer a shot at victory.

"He's just a green two-year-old. The bit went through his mouth," O'Brien Jnr said.

Meanwhile, at Ballinrobe, Two In A Row brought in some hefty bets when hacking up in the two-and-a-half mile handicap hurdle under seven-pound claimer Tony Kelly.

Kelly's charge was backed early from 8/1 to 9/2. He opened at 7/2 at the track and was punted at all rates down to 2/1 favouritism. Moving On landed the Handicap Hurdle under Adrian Heskin.

Pat Lynch trains Moving On for his owner/breeder Jim Madden and he was having his sixth outing for the Clare handler.

An emotional Lynch, who lost his teenage daughter Patricia in a riding accident at the end of 2010, said: "I only took my licence back out this year. He's a grand horse, he's 100pc game and he loves racing. It may have been an 80 to 95 rated handicap but it was the Gold Cup to us. It's been a tough time."

Irish Independent

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